ULI/SA Leadership Luncheon: Walkable City with Jeff Speck


2021-11-10T11:00:00 - 2021-11-10T13:00:00

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    Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Cir San Antonio, TX 78205-1310 UNITED STATES
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    Please join ULI San Antonio for our next Leadership Luncheon - Walkable City with Jeff Speck -  on November 10th from 11:00am - 1:00pm at the Tobin Center.

    This program will briefly describe the economic, environmental, and epidemiological motivations for making more walkable communities. It will then focus on how to make communities more walkable by outlining and elucidating the General Theory of Walkability, which insists that, in order to be truly walkable, built environments must make walking useful, safe, comfortable, and interesting.

    1. Understand why economists, environmentalists, and epidemiologists all argue independently for more walkable cities, in order to be prepared to make similar arguments oneself.

    2. Understand what makes walking useful, particularly as applies to land-use, zoning, transit, and parking policies and practices.

    3. Understand what makes walking safe, particularly as applies to vehicle speeds, block sizes, road widths and geometries, curb protection, and cycling facilities.

    4. Understand what makes walking comfortable, particularly as applies to spatial definition, height-to-width rations, and vegetation.

    5. Understand what makes walking interesting, particularly as applies to active facades and public art.


    Jeff Speck, FAICP, FCNU, LEED-AP, Honorary ASLA

    Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the US National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a private design consultancy. Mr. Speck is the co-author of Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls "the urbanist's bible.” His more recent book, Walkable City, was the best-selling city-planning title of the last decade. Its sequel, Walkable City Rules, is described by Kurt Andersen as “a must read for urbanists, city-builders, and everyone who lives in cities.” His TED talks and YouTube videos have been viewed more than five million times. Jeff has been named the 2022 recipient of the Seaside Prize.
    ARTICLES ABOUT WALKABLE CITY on its 10th Anniversary
    Vehicles Firmly Still In Control of City Streets - Governing
    Road Design Still Privileges Cars - Planetizen

    Randy Smith
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Weston Urban

    Randy teamed with Graham to form Weston Urban in 2012. Randy is responsible for all aspects of the company’s investing and development. Prior to founding Weston Urban, he was Vice President of Real Estate at Rackspace, leading the cloud computing company’s global portfolio from 2007 to 2011. Randy earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. Randy serves as the Vice-Chairman of Greater: SATX Regional Economic Partnership, the ULI Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees for Southwest School of Art as well as the Valero Alamo Bowl Board of Directors. Randy loves old buildings, old cars, any sport that keeps score, neon signs and above all his wife Rachel and three children: Duncan, Benjamin and Zelia.

    Tomika Monterville
    Director of Transportation
    City of San Antonio

    The City of San Antonio recently selected Tomika Monterville to lead their new Department of Transportation.In this role, Tomika works with engineers, planners and other stakeholders to provide coordination
    with VIA, the public transit agency, and improve sidewalk and bicycle infrastructure to support the City’s Vision Zero goals. Prior to joining the City of San Antonio, Tomika was recently the Director of Planning & Development for the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (dba LYNX) and Transit Manager for Lake County Florida. Seminal projects in Tomika’s career include planning the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and District of Columbia’s first Rapid Bus service, MetroExtra, and planning for the original, modern D.C. Streetcar program. Tomika has held positions with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and was the Executive Director for the H Street Main Street (Washington, D.C.). From her first introduction to transportation planning as an intern with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (LACMTA), Tomika has built her career leveraging relationships to maximize the economic development benefits of equitable and safe transportation investments across the country.

    Karl Baker
    Golden Steves & Gordon

    Karl has a broad and diverse real estate practice that includes the representation of a wide range of clients in the acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and financing of retail, industrial, residential and office properties. He also routinely advises developers seeking entitlements, incentives and development agreements from cities, counties and other governmental entities across Texas, and has represented both private and public sector clients in the formation of public-private partnerships. Karl is equipped to tackle the most complex matters but also invests in systems to help clients achieve efficient and effective solutions to their real estate needs.